CLAYTON COUNTY, GA -- A Clayton County woman's birth certificate has listed her as a man for the last 37 years, but she didn't notice the mistake until now. Nakia Grimes says she was horrified when state workers told her she'd need a doctor's note proving her gender to get it corrected.
Grimes told FOX 5 she never noticed the "x" in the field on her birth certificate that marks her as a male.
"You only look at the name, the date, and the year," Grimes told FOX 5. "I've never seen that."
Grimes said she never really had a need for the document until she prepared to renew her Georgia driver's license, but new rules mean she needed a copy. That's where the problems started. With her 37th birthday approaching, Grimes went to the state's Vital Records Services.
"When I went to retrieve my birth certificate, I let her know the sex status is wrong," Grimes explained. "I'm a woman, was born a woman.
Gender is a question Grimes-- a mother-- says she never imagined she'd have to answer, much less prove. But she says state workers asked if she had a primary care doctor, and told her she'd have to have proof she is a woman.
"She said I needed to go have a PAP exam, have a doctor write a note verifying you're a woman, and bring it back-– notarized," Grimes told FOX 5. She left the office horrified and angry.
FOX 5's Kaitlyn Pratt took Grimes' concerns to Vital Records Services. Their director said what happened is not protocol, and she's looking into the incident. She also promised to make things right.
After looking up the birth certificate of Grimes' son, Zion, state records officials made the change and checked the correct box on her birth certificate.